The Day the Devil Moves to His Eternal Residence - the Lake of Fire.
Satan Would Never Reveal His True Nature To Man
How the Mighty Has Fallen
A ruler of empires of both man and demons; with inherent powers beyond imagination; now a defeated, but NOT broken, despot of creation. To add to his humiliation, God sends a nondescript angel with the key to the bottomless pit carrying a great (megas3173) chain. The key, to which, belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:18). God did not choose Michael or another powerful angel for this task, as the real powers do not reside with the angels but with Him who empowers. We are more than victors in Christ. This is not an ordinary chain and per 2 Peter 2:4, Satan is fully aware of its intended use which makes this even more extraordinary as there is no mention of the Devil being able to put up any resistance. The word bound (deo - to knit,swathe,immobilize) is used for the first time in dealing with the Devil actually being physically and spiritually bound; as per Jude 9, no one has had the authority outside of the Lord until now.
Satan is cast906- with violence into the bottomless pit where he will take up residence for nearly a thousand years with no ability to deceive anyone. Earlier I stated that he was defeated but not broken; I want to explain what I mean. Today's evidence of our current penal systems has proven it over and over, that prison itself does not necessarily cause a person to reform themselves. This is why so many who commit heinous crimes; whether they receive short or long sentences which are eventually reduced; return to society with a greater evil intent. The old hanging judge of the Wild West, judge Roy Bean, stated that "..the best deterrent to crime is not the severity of the punishment, but the certainty of it." The problem with the Devil is that he so deceived, his stint in the pit will only make him more angry and evil than he was before. When he is finally released, he will hatch a new tactic to deceive the peaceful world of the millennium which is actually God's plan all along.
Blessed and Holy Is He That Hath Part in the First Resurrection
The Promise of Revelation 1:6 Fulfilled
Revelation 20:4-6 states the antithesis of Satan's imprisonment: the Devil rules no one but the Bride along with the Martyrs shall rule and reign with Christ for a thousand years. Please note that this does not include the redeemed Israel or the sheep, for they are the inhabitants of the New Earth. Israel will have a special prince or shepherd that shall oversee the Lord's people; the resurrected, King David. Ezekiel 34:23-24 "And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it." And Ezekiel 37:24-25 "And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children forever: and my servant David shall be their prince forever." I do not know if the resurrected Jews, i.e. Moses, etc., will have special assignments among the redeemed of Israel or not but David was truly a man after God's own heart. The vast majority of the first resurrection will be non-Jews and we have an inkling of our roles: the Bride with the peoples of the New Earth and the Martyrs with the administration of the New Jerusalem.
As this is just the comparison between the Devil and the resurrected; millennial life will be the subject of chapters 21 and 22.
A Cleansing Fire From God
The Camp of the Saints
The Question - Why Release Satan Now?
Three things have to happened to allow Satan to be released from the pit.
- The seal of God was broken or removed.
- The chains were loosed.
- The pit unlocked.
What is interesting is that the statements "are expired" and "shall be loosed" are all in the passive voice in Greek which means that the Devil had no part in the action of him being released. It was an act of God. The purpose will not be to deceive the world; per James 1:13-17 God never causes anyone to sin for the nature of man's flesh is more than enough fuel to cause one to sin. The purpose is to expose that which is already present on the earth in the hearts of much of the millennial population. Remember, God knows those who are His and will again separate out the tares.
What a sad commentary: the descendants of the sheep and quite possibly of the redeemed Israel as well; living on a perfect earth with perfect justice, health care, safety and without any needs will harbor rebellion in their hearts against the powers that be. Satan's release will be the catalyst that will make it surface and they shall separate and identify themselves in numbers "as the sand of the sea". They shall surround the camp (parembole3925 - encampment, barracks, castle), the New Jerusalem, the beloved city. Remember, the Bride is the beloved of God, and as we shall see, we are identified, in name, with the New Jerusalem.
No plagues, earthly or celestial disturbances, just a cleansing fire shall come down from God and the Devil, which has done His bidding by bringing out the indwelling evil among many will now join the Beast and the false prophet in the Lake of Fire.
The Great White Throne
The "Books" Were Opened
The Lamb's Book of Life.
The Final Judgment of Sin
A magnificent white throne and He who sat on it; Lord Jesus Christ, from whose face a broken heavens and earth could not stand. This is not a statement of chronology but as an identifying statement that it is Jesus upon the throne; He alone is Judge and He will abolish sin in every form and that our Lord at His return came to make all things new. Chapters 21 and 22 are descriptive of the millennium and I will begin to address this issue in my next blog.
The books were opened and the dead, those who did not take part in the first resurrection, shall stand before Christ and receive their final indictment and punishment according to their works. Books full of every evil thought, word and deed are recorded and all shall be without excuse. No one will be omitted, for every last soul to be judged, whether buried, burned, already a resident of hell or lost at sea shall receive their judgment personally from God Almighty. The Lake of Fire will receive its fill and its fire shall never be quenched. One other book shall be open as well; the Lamb's Book of Life. There shall be no mistakes; for they will be shown that their name does not exist in His book.
Too many Christians think it will a time to cheer and celebrate the judgment of the lost, especially if they were particularly evil (Hitler, Stalin, etc.) but I think not. Lamentation 3:33-34 "For He doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men. To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth." Most of today's world want to believe that Jesus is just love, love, love. He is also a consuming fire. The side of Him that is justice, demands judgment for sin and he will carry it out the sentence in a very business like manner for the evidence will speak for itself and none will be able to contend with His judgment.